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This Variorum volume is a collection of articles dealing with Egypt under the Fatimids, originally published in diverse journals and books between 1984 and 2013. The Fatimids came to power in North Africa in 910 CE, and ruled in Egypt from 969 to 1171 CE. As Imams and Caliphs, they claimed authority for the faith and the government of the Muslim world. In Egypt and Syria, they both reigned and ruled over the state. In North Africa and Sicily, the Hijaz and latterly the Yemen, they reigned but did not rule. In the rest of the Muslim world, they pursued their aim for recognition, notably through their missionaries active in Iraq and Iran

A core theme is the evolution of the population and its passage from a Coptic to a Muslim majority. Two articles deal with the murderous history of the Wazirs of the Pen before the Armenian Badr al-Jamali began the rule of the Wazirs of the Sword. Four articles deal with the question of Fatimid diplomacy followed by three dealing with Badr al-Jamali and his revival of the dynasty, including his relations with the Yemen, his use of the Coptic church to extend Fatimid influence to Christian Nubia and Ethiopia, and his employment of his military as tax-farmers, creating a system which culminated in the Mamluk regime of the 13th to the 16th century. The final articles concern the Fatimid response to the Crusades which ended with Saladin and the death of the last Imam Caliph, leaving Ismailism to the breakaway sects of the Nizaris in Iran and the Tayyibis in the Yemen.

Table of Contents

Introduction

 

THE HISTORY OF EGYPT

I Writing the History of Egypt for the New Cambridge History of Islam

Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras, V, Peeters, Leuven, 2007, pp. 1-13.

 

THE POPULATION OF EGYPT

II The Way of the Peasant

Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 47 (1984), pp. 44-56

III Population and Conversion to Islam in Egypt in the Mediaeval Period

Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras, IV, Peeters, Leuven, 2005, pp. 1-32.

 

THE MEN OF THE PEN

IV The Execution of Ibn Badūs

Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras, VII, Peeters, Leuven, 2013, pp. 21-9

V The Execution of al-Yāzūrī

Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras, II, Peeters, Leuven, 1998, pp. 15-27

 

FATIMID DIPLOMACY

VI Translation

Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras, VII, Peeters, Leuven, 2013, pp. 31-7

VII The Diplomacy of Empire: Fatimids and Zirids, 990-1062

Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 78 (2015), pp. 149-59

VIII The Ifrīqiyan Sijill of al-Mustanṣir, 445/1053-4

Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras, VI, Peeters, Leuven, 2010, pp. 9-16

IX The Poetry of Disaster. The Tragedy of Qayrawān, 1052-1057

K. D’Hulster and J. Van Steenbergen, eds., Continuity and Change in the Realms of Islam. Studies in honour of Professor Urbain Vermeulen, Peeters, Leuven, 2008, pp. 77-89

 

THE FATIMID RENASCENCE

X Badr al-Jamālī and the Fatimid Renascence

Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras, IV, Peeters, Leuven, 2005, pp. 61-78

XI Al-Karāza al-Marqusīya. The Coptic Church in the Fatimid Empire

Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras, IV, Peeters, Leuven, 2005, pp. 33-60

XII The Origins of the Mamluk Military System in the Fatimid Period

Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras, I, Peeters, Leuven, 1995, pp. 39-52

 

THE FATIMIDS AND THE CRUSADES

XIII The Muslim Response to the First Crusade

S.B. Edgington and L. Garcia-Guijarro, eds., Jerusalem the Golden. The Origins and Impact of the Furst Crusade, Brepols, Turnhout, 2014, pp. 219-34

XIV The Battles of Ramla (1099-1105)

Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras, I, Peeters, Leuven, 1995, pp. 17-37

XV The Fatimids and the Counter-Crusade, 1099-1171

Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras, V, Peeters, Leuven, 2007, pp. 15-25

 

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Biography

Dr Michael Brett is Emeritus Reader in the History of North Africa at SOAS, London.